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Callicarpa acuminata is often confused with:
Callicarpa americana Callicarpa americana in summer in Moore County
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Quercus acutissima Tree
Rosa 'Penelope' Rosa 'Penelope'
Dianthus armeria Dianthus armeria

Callicarpa acuminata

Phonetic Spelling
kal-ee-KAR-pah ah-kew-min-AH-tah
Description

Black Beautyberry is a species of beautyberry native to central and south America. It closely resembles our American beautyberry but is somewhat shorter in height. 

It produces small dark-purple to dark blue-purple berry-like fruits that grow in clumps, whorling around the arching stems.    These fruits that form on new wood may occasionally be white and may last through the winter.  Once the fruits have ripened, birds will forage on the sweet berries.

The berry-laden stems are sometimes used in bouquets.

In the Greek language, callicarpa translates to beautyberry (kallos means beauty, and karpos means fruit).

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. acuminata
    Native from Mexico to Bolivia
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. argutidetata
    Native to Tamaulipas and Honduras
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. pringel
    Native to easter Mexico, Tamaulipas to Chiapas
  • Callicarpa acuminata 'Woodlanders'
    Raspberry red fruit
Callicarpa acuminata var. acuminata, Callicarpa acuminata var. argutidetata, Callicarpa acuminata var. pringel, Callicarpa acuminata 'Woodlanders'
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#frost tolerant#wildflower garden#humidity tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. acuminata
    Native from Mexico to Bolivia
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. argutidetata
    Native to Tamaulipas and Honduras
  • Callicarpa acuminata var. pringel
    Native to easter Mexico, Tamaulipas to Chiapas
  • Callicarpa acuminata 'Woodlanders'
    Raspberry red fruit
Callicarpa acuminata var. acuminata, Callicarpa acuminata var. argutidetata, Callicarpa acuminata var. pringel, Callicarpa acuminata 'Woodlanders'
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#deciduous shrub#frost tolerant#wildflower garden#humidity tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Callicarpa
    Species:
    acuminata
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hondu
    Wildlife Value:
    The berries attract bees, birds, and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The upper surface of the leaves are deeply veined.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border